Total luxury and results with ERA Ageless eye cream and serum (and a fab giveaway)

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ERA AGELESS has the tag line “Defy Aging, Naturally” which sums up their philosophy in 3 small yet accurate words. There are more than 3 words though that describe this line.

ORGANIC is the first one that comes to mind. ERA Ageless wants to help us reverse signs of aging without chemicals and preservatives. This is a cruelty-free line that uses responsibly wildcrafted herbs and is holistically balanced.

LUXURY is the second word to describe the line. This is an expensive line, there’s no getting around that, but once you start using it it’s easy to see why. It’s not often that we splurge on ourselves the way we deserve but to the two of us at Beauty Info Zone the place to splurge is on our skincare. We’ve each got one face and we want it to last youthfully for our entire life.

HEALING also describes ERA Ageless since it aids in the skin’s natural healing process by supplementing the production of collagen, elastin and essential oils that start fading away with age. Ingredients like Jojoba Seel Oil and Rose Hips promote regeneration of healthy skin cells. This is combined with a Liposome complex that restores the skins natural protective layer, promoting the production of collagen.

PREVENTATIVE is the key word since that’s why we use luxury products like the many that ERA Ageless produce. We want to slow down the process of aging and the best way to do that is without harsh chemicals.

ERA Ageless Firm & Lift Eye Cream and Firm & Lift Eye Serum

ERA Ageless Firm & Lift Eye Cream and Firm & Lift Eye Serum

We were sent several products to test out and happily one of our readers will be able to test out many of these amazing products too.


ERA AGELESS FIRM & LIFT EYE SERUM ($399.99) is the first line of defense for your eyes. ERA tests products for years before bringing them to their salon and the public. This Eye Serum is like wrapping your eyes in silk. It’s amazing to apply. It softens my undereye area and makes my skin incredibly soft. I find this to be wonderfully hydrating.

ERA Ageless Firm & Lift Eye Serum

ERA Ageless Firm & Lift Eye Serum

On ERA’s website it mostly talks about dark circles using this Eye Serum but it also helps to combat the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and puffiness along with dark circles. ERA Ageless Eye Serum helps boost cell renewal as well as helps to firm the sensitive eye area. This is a product I always hope to have in my arsenal. There are times that ERA has specials called Product of the Month and as soon as I find this as a product of the month, I’ll replenish.

ERA Ageless Firm & Lift Eye Serum ingredients

ERA Ageless Firm & Lift Eye Serum ingredients


ERA AGELESS FIRM AND LIFT EYE CREAM ($399.99) This is a really, really beautiful eye cream. It comes in a large container for an eye product – 1.02 ounces. As with any jar, always be sure to use the little plastic scooper instead of your fingers to take out the eye cream. Scoop out a tiny, tiny bit…I can’t believe how little is needed for the under eye area. I always have a little left over for any other wrinkle prone area on my face, plus this eye cream is designed to be used on the eyelid and under the brow bone. It sounds strange, but if you have oily eyelids and use eyeshadow primer this eye cream will save you! Over time, eyeshadow primer will make eyelids become sort of scaly and dry-looking. ERA Ageless Firm and Lift Eye Cream keeps lids looking gorgeous and helps application and wear of eyeshadow.

ERA Ageless Eye Cream

ERA Ageless Firm and Lift Eye Cream

Inside ERA Ageless Eye Cream

Inside ERA Ageless Firm and Lift  Eye Cream

This beautiful eye cream won the Best in Beauty 2015 Award, which doesn’t surprise me at all. ERA Ageless Firm and Lift Eye Cream is excellent for combating under eye darkness, and it also tackles fine lines and puffiness. Ingredients include thermo-mineral water, restorative natural flora, and organic oat extract. All of this combined makes for a delightfully light but powerful eye cream that I seriously wish I could just take a bath in…if you can afford such luxury, I say go for it.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: TWO US subscribers will win the  ERA AGELESS STARTER KIT  ($149.99) which is the perfect way to learn about the ERA Ageless Line. Inside you’ll find Firm & Lift Eye Serum, Firm & Lift Eye Cream, Concentrated Age Defence Facial Serum, Intensive Age Defying Moisture Cream, Complete Renew & Recharge Elastin & Beta Carotene Mask, and the Repair & Restore Facial Peeling Gel. (Lisa will be reviewing the Repair & Restore Facial Peeling Gel in a future article).

ERA Ageless Starter Kit

ERA Ageless Starter Kit

ERA Ageless Starter Kit

ERA Ageless Starter Kit

This kit is going to be a wonderful introduction to ERA Ageless. Right now on their website with any $250 purchase this will be sent to you too. The giveaway is open to US only and will end on 10/12/15 at 11:59 pm EST. If comments close you can email us at with your comment (label it ERA) and continue on. This hasn’t happened in a long time but better safe than sorry.
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*sent for consideration, Starter Kit will be sent by ERA Ageless

Eliminate Dark Circles and Puffiness with Derma MD – review and giveaway

I realized the other day that I was using a lot of my Derma MD products and that I hadn’t reviewed their ELIMINATE & LIGHTEN EYE CREAM and that I also had an extra they’d sent for a giveaway. Sorry for the delay but I’m happy to tell you all about this eye cream and even happier to have someone win one.

DermaMD Eliminate & Lighten Eye Cream

DermaMD Eliminate & Lighten Eye Cream

DermaMD Eliminate & Lighten Eye Cream is good for everything your eyes want and need. It helps with the puffiness that we wake up with in the morning, it helps lighten dark circles, it helps soften fine lines, and it helps brighten underneath your eye. It’s great for both day and night since we usually have different problems we want to solve with an eye cream. While it’s not inexpensive ($58.95) it can be found when Hautelook carries DermaMD a few times a year. I wouldn’t wait until then though since it’s such a good eye cream.

The ingredients are wonderful and each serves a purpose.

Kojic acid-Lightens dark pigmented area
Licorice Root & L-Arbutin are Lightening agents
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate give you Vitamin C (antioxidant)

all about Eliminate & Lighten from Derma MD.

all about Eliminate & Lighten from Derma MD.

The benefits are many

    • Reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
    • Hydrate and improve contour
    • Firm, & tighten eye area
    • Lighten dark pigment
    • Brighten

      DermaMD Eliminate Eye

      DermaMD Eliminate Eye

I’m excited that we can offer you this giveaway so that one of you can see why I like this Derma MD eye cream so much. GIVEAWAY DETAILS: This is open internationally although if you aren’t in the US I won’t be sending the box because of the bulk and weight. I hope that’s not a problem. The giveaway ends on 6/11/15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close towards the end please send an email to and label it DermaMD. Make your comment in the email and then you can continue with more options. Please remember that I check whatever Rafflecopter picks and I’ve had to eliminate possible winners because they didn’t do what they said. I’d rather have you eliminate your dark circles and fine lines– Marcia

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products sent for editorial consideration and giveaway


water (aqua), aloe vera gel, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sesame seed oil, glycrrhiza glabra (licorice root) extract, mulberry extract (morus alba), chamomile extract, chrysanthemum extracts, stearic acid, dimethicone, shea butter, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, wheat amino acids, allantoin, L-arbutin, kojic acid, glycolic acid, phenoxyethanol and grapeseed extract.

Battling wrinkles Side by Side: Derma E Firming DMAE Eye Lift and Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer SPF 30

The more we test derma e® products, the more impressed we become. derma e® is not just a big faceless corporation, it’s a company that has been family owned for over 30 years. This skin care line focuses on products that are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. derma e® features over 80 products that are free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and petrolatum. They definitely walk the talk – derma e® products are cruelty-free and 100 percent vegan, plus their manufacturing and operations are offset 100 percent by wind power. All of this, plus super effective products, make derma e® a line easy to review.

In January, derma e®, launched its new Firming DMAE Eye Lift and Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer SPF 30. Doctor-developed, clinically-tested and consumer-tested, these healthy, safe, naturally advanced formulas deliver real visible results.

“derma e® is raising the bar for natural skin care performance with the launch of these two new products,” says Jennifer Norman, Vice President of Marketing for derma e®. “In pre-launch consumer testing, Firming DMAE Eye Lift and Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer SPF 30 showed significant skin firming, lifting and wrinkle smoothing results. They deliver high-end benefits without compromising the health of your body, the health of your skin or the health of the environment.”

So how did our results compare to the results of the 8 week study?  Read on to find out!

LISA’S SIDE:  derma e® Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer SPF 30 ($45)

Derma E Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer

I tested the the triple-action, daytime moisturizer that is designed to smooth and relax deep wrinkles while also protecting skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Key ingredients include advanced peptides Argireline®, Matrixyl® synthe’6® and Clear Zinc Oxide chemical-free sunscreen.

DermaE Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer

In their study, after 8 weeks the participants saw some pretty impressive improvements. 100% reported less fine lines, 96% reported less wrinkles, and 96% reported less sagging.

DermaE Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer swatch

I used this moisturizer for two months, applying it every morning. This is a very thick cream – so thick, in fact, I had some trouble getting it out of the airless pump tube packaging. I found that I needed to squeeze the tube while also pressing the dispenser in order to get enough product. Other than that small note, my experience was terrific. Sometimes day moisturizers with sunscreen leave a white or gray cast to my skin, but this doesn’t. There is no fragrance and after two months I can say I feel that my fine lines are less noticeable and I have less redness. I am very impressed!  The Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer is a real winner.

MARCIA’S SIDE:  derma e® Firming DMAE Eye Lift ($24.95)

derma e DMAE Eye Lift

derma e DMAE Eye Lift

Lisa knows that I need to try every single eye cream on the market so she happily let me test this out when we received two products. I didn’t see the following results but….

Improvements reported by participants after eight weeks of use:

  • 95% reported less sagging
  • 95% reported less wrinkles
  • 90% reported less droopiness

Participants experienced soft, smooth, tighter skin around the eyes:

  • “Skin seems to have more elasticity”
  • “The skin around my eyes feels tighter”
  • “Skin is softer and smoother”

… what I did find is that my eyes did look firmer after use. I’ve used this both night and day and prefer it for daytime. I love seeing the results of the firming since I wake up with puffy eyes most days.

The ingredients in this helps to lift and firm the area around my eyes. It works to smoothe the crow’s feet that I am not happy seeing. The key ingredients include DMAE and advanced peptides Matrixyl® synthe’6®, Argireline® and InstaLift®Goji Berry.

derma e DMAE Firming Eye Lift

derma e DMAE Firming Eye Lift

derma e®  Firming DMAE Eye Lift is one of the most reasonably priced ($24.95) products you can find that include such great ingredients while also being 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, GMO-free.

With Earth Day/Month coming up quickly derma e® is a great resource for you to find products that you’ll be happy to use for both you and the planet. Visit, follow on Facebook at derma e® Natural Skincare or Twitter @derma_e for more information.

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Now it’s your turn to learn about Volante’ Transformative Eye Cream

Volante Transformative Eye Creme

Volante Transformative Eye Creme

There is nothing to compare to a luxurious eye cream in my skincare book. I’m slightly fascinated (ok, much more than slightly) with a great eye cream. VOLANTE TRANSFORMATIVE EYE CREME was offered for review which drew a yes from me once I read about Volante and this eye cream.

Volante Transformative Eye Creme

Volante Transformative Eye Creme

VOLANTE is a skincare company that uses the following in all of their products:

Each product is powered by the 7 VITAE Complex, a patent-pending blend of premium botanicals that reverse the signs of aging:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Arnica Montana
  • Bromelain
  • Calendula
  • Daisy Flower
  • Grape Seed
  • Zinc

Sounded good to me so I kept reading about it. Volante was created by Dr. Elizabeth VanderVeer with the philosophy that skin should be given the same care as our internal organs.

Volante Transformative Eye Creme ingredients

Volante Transformative Eye Creme ingredients

Containing both Aloe Vera and (my favorite) Hyaluronic Acid I had high hopes for my transformation. This eye cream hydrates and plumps the skin under eyes as well as treating crow’s feet and dark circles. A little bit of heaven in a jar.

Volante Transformative Eye Creme

Volante Transformative Eye Creme

You can see by the photograph that this is a very rich, thick creme yet it’s great for daytime as well as nighttime. There’s no problem applying this and later applying concealer and/or foundation over it. It has light diffusers in it to help reduce the appearance of crow’s feet. The icing on the cake is that it’s fragrance free. My pet peeve is fragrance especially in a product meant for my eyes.

VOLANTE is a new company that only has three products developed so far and is mostly available online. It’s a dermatologist tested brand that contains no parabens or petroleum. At $85 the Transformative Eye Creme is an investment but when you consider it’s for your eyes, aren’t you worth it? — Marcia

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Ten holiday gift ideas for the practical fashionista!

Beauty Info Zones Practical Holiday Gift Guide
Pretty things are great, but sometimes function is more important.  Here are some awesome stocking stuffers, Hanukkah gifts, and holiday gifts that are BIZ tested and recommended!  Any one of these options will look fabulous all wrapped up and are sure to become staples items for your down to earth, practical-minded giftee.

Natracare Makeup Remover Cloths

1.  Natracare Organic Cleansing Makeup Removal Wipes ($7.49):  These are some of the softest, gentlest makeup remover wipes I’ve tried.  They are more on the ‘wet’ side, and while they remove makeup and dirt they don’t irritate the skin.  Available at,, and

Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum 2

2.  Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum ($40):  This is a beautiful serum that leaves skin moist, plump, and healthy.  It is a particularly excellent gift for those who do a lot of traveling – awesome for a little lift on the plane while flying from coast to coast!  You can find this at

The Magic Pads

3.  The Magic Pads ($19.95):  How about some magic under the tree?  These skin treatment pads have wonderful ingredients including glycolic acid, organic willow bark, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E in an organic aloe vera juice base. The Magic Pads clear up blemishes, shrink the appearance of pores, and exfoliate skin all in one swipe.  You can find these at

Mad Hippie Eye Cream 2

4.  Mad Hippie Eye Cream ($24.99):  Perfect for the non-traditionalist on your list, this eye cream features a slew of peptides and antioxidants in a truly elegant formulation.  The packaging is beyond cute, and this is an eye cream that really delivers.  Available at

Strivectin Tightening Neck Cream

5.  Strivectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream ($95):  I slather this on every morning and every night and I am loving the results!  The neck and decolletage show age more quickly than any other body part, and this beautiful thick cream is just what is needed to keep that delicate area moisturized and free of crepey skin – plus it rebuilds elastin fibers.  Available at

Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream 2

6.  Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream (8 oz. $22):  This shea butter cream feels like luxury, but it’s a major workhorse for dry winter skin.  It melts right in, making skin super happy with grapeseed, jojoba, and vitamin E.  Choose from five beautiful scents, including Lavender, Vanilla, Lemongrass, Sage and Unscented. Available at (pick up a Shea Butter Lip Balm while you are there!)

Scala Rain Hat

7.  Scala Collezione Rain Hat ($25):  Talk about fashionable and functional!  This jaunty rain hat is a truly perfect holiday gift that will be hugely appreciated. LW281 is one of Scala’s best-selling rain hats, and is available in black, charcoal, wine and khaki.  Made of nylon, it protects your hairdo while looking pretty darn awesome. Get yourself one while you are at it!

Mally Citychick Smokey Eye Kit 2

8.  Mally City Chick Smokey Eye Kit ($40):  Now here is a perfect eyeshadow palette for any chick, city or rural.  There are ten different color combinations from which to choose.  Every combo of creamy eyeshadows has wonderful neutral shades that are both beautiful and practical.  Available at

Priti neutrals 5

9.  Priti Nail Polish neutrals ($15 each):  What is a great practical stocking stuffer?  Some fabulous neutral nail polish.  My pick is Priti Nail Polish, particularly the shades Ginger Snap Orchid, opaque light creamy nude, Nodding Lilac, opaque soft lilac, and Moss Campion, opaque creamy light taupe.  Available at

Dove White Beauty Bar

10.  Dove White Beauty Bar ($5.00):  You can’t go wrong with this classic!  What a great stocking stuffer.  People swear by this bar soap that removes makeup without stripping the skin.

Stay tuned for more great holiday gift guides, including a list of fabulous finds for the glam girl on your list!  – Lisa

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Red wine and chocolate…and DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

Recently I read an article featuring 20 different people who lived to be over 100 years old.  Each one was asked the secret to their longevity.  While one randy old guy said ‘lots of whiskey and wild women’, what really struck me was how many people said red wine and chocolate were staples in their diets.  I immediately thought of the eye cream I have been testing, sent to us by DermaquestStem Cell 3D Eye Lift ($78).

Dermaquest Eye Lift Stem Cell 3D

DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

I love this!

I love this!

Right inside the box is the message, “Red wine, chocolate and this serum are all full of antioxidants.  Lucky you.”  Red wine and chocolate are most certainly enjoyable means of getting those antioxidants – might as well have enjoyable skin care, too!

DermaQuest is a spa skin care line that has been around since 1999.  They make professional and physician-only products, and are known for products featuring the latest in skin care technology.  They have a slew of products that feature botanical stem cell technology, including a facial cleanser, serum, tinted moisturizer, and body creme.

Dermaquest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

Dermaquest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

What I really like about this eye cream is it gives an instant lift, and who doesn’t like immediate gratification?  Even better, it keeps on working to ultimately give great results over time.  Eye Lift is a cross between a cream and a serum.  It’s a great morning eye cream because while it hydrates, it’s not heavy and doesn’t interfere with concealer or foundation application.

There are so many interesting ingredients in this elegant eye cream – just take a look at that list!! Botanical stem cells are some of the newer kids on the skin care block, and research suggests they are highly effective at reducing wrinkles and protecting skin from environmental damage. Another one of the main ingredients is capryllic/capric triglyceride, which is derived from coconut and is fantastic for repairing skin tissue.  Red algae is another antioxidant that also works as an emollient, making this eye cream nicely hydrating for the undereye area.

In the quest to be healthy and look younger, it seems that it pays to drink a little red wine and have a little chocolate every day.  It also pays to use a little eye cream – and DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift is a great option full of cutting-edge skin care ingredients.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

 Ingredients:  Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Algae Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Adenosine Triphosphate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carrageenan, Citric Acid, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Ergothioneine, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Porphyridium Polysaccharide , Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tocopheryl Acetate, Pichia/Resveratrol Ferment Extract, Gardenia Jasminoides Meristem Cell Culture, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate, Eryngium Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate, Sodium Carboxymethyl Beta-Glucan, Disodium EDTA

The magic of peptides: Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

The magic word in skin care these days is ‘peptides’. Peptides are cell-communicating ingredients that act as a messenger to the different cells, providing information for healing wounds, irritation, and inflammation. If peptides have the right base formula and are in the right packaging – meaning an airless pump – they are an extremely effective ingredient. Apothederm sent the BIZ their Hydrating Eye Cream ($40) to test and with something called SmartPeptide® technology inside I was definitely intrigued. Who couldn’t use a little magic around the eye area?

Apothederm Eye Cream

Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

There is a lot of science that goes into a great eye cream. The SmartPeptide® technology is a combination of peptides (Hexapeptide-21) that help to repair skin with a perfect base formula (shea butter) that has moisturizing ingredients that help the peptides penetrate and absorb properly into the skin (glycerin and squalane oil). Here are specifics about the ingredients:

SmartPeptide helps to control visible photoaging while calming and soothing the delicate eye area. It works to stimulate the skin’s own natural repair and regeneration system. Tests have shown that this peptide controls visible signs of photoaging while calming and soothing the skin.

Shea Butter
Helps corrects dry, dehydrated skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth.

A powerful humectant that relieves dehydration by drawing essential moisture into the skin.

An emollient oil replenishes and protects the natural moisture balance of the skin.

skin care science!

skin care science!

Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

The formula for this eye cream is quite elegant and the packaging is perfect – hello, airless pump! With the peptides in the right base, and packaging that keeps them stable, this is one heck of an effective eye cream  Apothederm reports that an independent clinical study showed 93% of participants said skin was smoother in 14 days, and 83% reported a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles after 14 days.

This eye cream is quite rich, a little goes a long way. The bottle lasts a long time and I am loving the results. It leaves my under eye area plump, hydrated, and younger looking. I can certainly say it has lessened the look of my fine lines, and it does a great job of reducing puffiness and inflammation. I think Apothederm’s Hydrating Eye Cream is definitely a winner.

You can find this eye cream and other great Apothederm products (Marcia loves their Nourishing Serum) online at Take a look…I am definitely impressed.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients: Water, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), Cetyl Octanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Esters, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Dimethicone, Phytosteryl Isostearate, Hexapeptide-21, Squalane, Tocopherol, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Glucoside, Polysorbate 80, Behenyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Laureth-4, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Sorbate, Methylisothiazolinone, Disodium EDTA.